Eating fruits, vegetables healthier for digestive system
He likes eating warm dried buffalo skin, nangkhem . He likes fried buffalo tendon, cheun-en . He eats these chewy snacks with beer and sometimes with stronger alcoholic drinks.
But for about for three months Mr Tonh (not his real name) felt unwell and his faeces turned dark.
After talking to a doctor, he learnt that the dark colour of his bowel movements was due to intestinal inflammation. With the right diagnosis, the doctor gave him some medicine which he was advised to take for five days continuously. After that his symptoms returned to normal.
But Mr Tonh was advised not to eat any more hard or tough food, such as nangkhem or cheun-en. He was also advised not to drink beer or other forms of alcohol, and to avoid spicy, salty and fatty food.
Working in the Outpatient Ward at Sisattanak district hospital, Dr Pasith said it was eating hard and dense food that caused Mr Tonh to become unwell. The doctor said people with gastrointestinal problems should only eat soft food, vegetables, fruit, milk and fish.
Dr Pasith said there are a variety of gastrointestinal disease conditions. If you're not eating properly and have noticed that your bowel movements aren't quite normal, doctors can look into a number of possibilities.
The problem could be as simple as indigestion or as deadly as colon cancer. For this reason, you should visit your doctor to get yourself checked for further signs of trouble and to halt the problem in its tracks. The sooner you address the problem, the faster your recovery will be.
There are several signs and symptoms you should look for. Among these are difficulty with stool movements; irregular bowel habits; rectal bleeding; fistula; stomach cramps; flatulence; incontinence; hemorrhoids and diverticulitis.
These are only some of the more common signs. However, it's best that you have yourself regularly checked because some gastrointestinal disease types are asymptomatic. Many people have actually discovered that they suffer from a problem when they went in for a routine checkup.
As they say, prevention is better than the cure. A good way to prevent any problems is by changing your diet. Start appreciating fruits and vegetables so that your digestive system becomes healthier.
Of course, it's best to go for regular health checkups to see if you're more prone to a number of diseases. Sometimes, you may even reverse the problem altogether.
To avoid suffering from a gastrointestinal disease, listen to expert advice. Eat right, exercise regularly, and avoid foods that wreak havoc with your system. These simple changes can make a big difference.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update February 11, 2017)